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Leadership Conversations: 3 More Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. In my previous post on leadership conversations, I mentioned two conversational blind spots leaders often have: Making false assumptions Underestimating emotions Here are three more blind spots in leadership […]
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Leadership Conversations: Reality Gaps and Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. This book has some real gems in it. As leaders, the more we become aware of reality gaps and conversational blind spots, the more we can converse clearly. In […]
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Conflicts and Leadership Blind Spots

Conflicts can be healthy in relationships and organizations where trust has been established. Diverse perspectives challenge tunnel vision and the status quo, while promoting learning and innovation. When issues are constructively debated, new solutions emerge. Yet still, it’s human nature to want to defend and win an argument. Debate turns into conflicts and becomes destructive […]
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Leadership Blind Spots: Moral Values and Strategy

One of the most challenging choices leaders face is weighing values against short-term business gains. Values and strategy are areas where blind spots commonly occur for leaders. I’ve been discussing how even good leaders can fall into faulty thinking and leadership blind spots. No one is immune. We can group the most common leadership blind […]
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How Success Creates Leadership Blind Spots

A leader’s experiences – successful and otherwise – create powerful memories that influence future decisions. Unfortunately, experience also fosters leadership blind spots. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” ~ Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, The Road Ahead Success boosts confidence — and while it can feel especially good, […]
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5 Leadership Blind Spots and 2 Types of Thinking

Why do even very smart and psychologically aware leaders find themselves trapped in the same leadership blind spots? “Blind spots are the product of an overactive automatic mind and an underactive reflective mind.” ~ Steven Snyder, Leadership and the Art of Struggle The brain has two systems for thinking, explains Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman […]
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Do You Have a Leadership Blindspot?

If you lack the influence you need, it may be because you’re operating in a leadership blindspot. One of the challenges of leadership is being aware of how your message is received. Everyone has blindspots, even when you have the best intentions and have clearly communicated what’s needed. “Leadership is a struggle by flawed human […]
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Coaching Yourself: The Blind Leading the Blind

If I were a younger man (and some days I think I am!), and if I had ambitions to ascend the corporate ladder to the C-suites, I wouldn’t hesitate to seek out the services of a good executive coach. Here’s why… Even though most of us by now have pretty good self-awareness and know our […]
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How to Speed Up Self-Awareness:
Listen to Your Self-Talk

It’s not always easy to uncover our blind spots and gain real self-awareness. One way is to write down your self-talk, using the exact words you use. Do this several times over the course of a week, and you’ll uncover a lot about how you think and perceive the world. This self-awareness exercise is more […]
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Self-Awareness: Listen to Your Inner Monologue

One of the hallmarks of an effective leader is self-awareness. Being self-aware helps us understand others, to be sensitive to blind spots, and gain trust and respect. But it’s one of the hardest qualities to build. I ran across a book that has some helpful suggestions: Leadership Step by Step: Becoming the Person Others Follow, […]
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